South Korea said it would stop exchanging intelligence on North Korea with Japan amid a bitter trade dispute. Japan's foreign minister Tokyo "strongly" protested against the decision, calling it "extremely regrettable".
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says if North Korea takes bold action to quickly denuclearise, Washington will remain on board to help develop the North's economy which is devastated by crippling international sanctions.
The issue of Korean women forced into sexual slavery for Japanese troops during World War II is a hugely emotional one that has long marred ties between the South and its former colonial ruler.
South Korea said the 2015 deal with Japan over South Korean women forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels failed to meet the victims' needs.
The head of the UN's nuclear watchdog says North Korea has made rapid progress with its nuclear programme, which now poses a global threat. IAEA Director Yukiya Amano was speaking as DPRK and Russian officials meet in Moscow to discuss the crisis.
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